Celtics Ruin Embiid’s Comeback With Brown’s 25 Points

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Celtics Ruin Embiid's Comeback With Brown's 25 Points

On Wednesday night, the Boston Celtics ruined the comeback of Joel Embiid, the reigning Most Valuable Player of the NBA, by cruising to a 121-87 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in scoring with 25 points.

As the Eastern Conference semifinals series moves to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Friday, the series is currently tied at one game apiece due to the Celtics’ victory in Game 1.

Malcolm Brogdon contributed 23 points to Boston’s total and connected on six of the team’s 20 3-point attempts. Derrick White and Marcus Smart contributed 15 points each to the score. Jayson Tatum was limited to seven points despite spending most of the game dealing with foul trouble.

The Boston Celtics stepped up their defensive efforts and held the Philadelphia 76ers to just 6 of 30 from beyond the arc on Wednesday after the 76ers won Game 1 by making 17 3-pointers. The Celtics built their lead up to 36 points in the fourth quarter.

Tobias Harris scored 16 points to put the 76ers in the lead. In his first game back from an injured right knee, which forced him to miss the last game of the 76ers’ first-round sweep of Brooklyn, Embiid finished with 15 points, three rebounds, and five blocks. The injury forced him to miss the final game of the series. Additionally, he did not participate in Philadelphia’s victory in Game 1 on Monday.

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The comeback of Embiid comes only one day after he was chosen Most Valuable Player for the first time.

After completing a pregame on-court warmup, the medical staff and training team members gave him the go-ahead to play. That came after he had warmed up with the 76ers in the morning by doing some light work during the shootaround.

In the first half, Tatum was called for three different fouls. At the 7:34 mark of the third quarter, he knocked Harden to the ground while trying to fight through a screen, resulting in him being called for his fourth foul.

It forced him to play less aggressively, which helped Philadelphia cut an 18-point lead for Boston down to 73-60 with just over four minutes left to play in the third quarter.

However, Tatum’s teammates stepped up to the plate and led the way as the Celtics finished the quarter on a 19-5 run to bring the score back to 92-65 going into the fourth quarter.

Embiid got off to a poor start on the offensive end, but since the 76ers were having trouble making shots from the outside, he was able to have an almost instant impact defensively.

First, he could stop Smart’s early shot, and then he coerced White into adjusting another effort. Embiid started the game and made five blocks in the opening 13 minutes.

However, his lack of conditioning was apparent as he lumbered into sets at various points. Before receiving his first break, he had played for a little under seven minutes throughout the first quarter of the game. He returned for the last 1 minute and 5 seconds of the session.

Embiid made a successful attempt with his first field goal of the evening. A jump shot over Grant Williams with 21.4 seconds remaining, just before he tripped as he walked back down the court. It didn’t take him long to get to his feet. He concluded the first half with 13 points and was perfect from the free-throw line, making all eight of his attempts.

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In the first half, the 76ers made just one of their thirteen attempts from beyond the arc. At the 9:41 mark of the second quarter, they finally got their first offensive rebound.

Tatum’s seven points for the Celtics was the first time he had been restricted to single digits in a playoff game since Game 2 of Boston’s first-round series against Brooklyn in 2021 when he had nine points. Tatum scored nine points in that game. At the halftime break, Boston held a 57-49 lead. Only turned the ball over three times in the first 24 minutes.

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